More than half of British armed forces suffers from low morale

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2nd June 2015 16:23 - Professional Services

A recent Ministry of Defence satisfaction survey has found that the morale of the British armed forces is at a shocking low. More than half of British armed forced suffers from low morale

The 2015 Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey surveyed 11,877 trained UK regular armed forces personnel between October 2014 and February 2015.

The findings showed that 53 per cent of the forces are not satisfied with their life in the British army. As well as this, 1 in 4 servicemen are considering quitting.

Despite the morale of officers increasing slightly, from 41 per cent in 2014, to 45 per cent this year, 55 per cent of servicemen still claim to suffer from low morale.

Low morale is not just a problem within men serving on the front line; there has also been a noticeable fall in pride within the army’s personnel, with 77 per cent of army personnel claiming to be proud to be in their service, as opposed to the 81 per cent who declared their pride in 2014.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said of the findings:

"It is inevitable that any period of change, especially for an organisation of our size and scope, will have an impact on morale. We are continuing to invest in better medical and welfare support, have increased pay for our personnel and introduced a brand new scheme to help get them on the property ladder."

Of all of the respondents, no increase was visible in the amount of people rating the force’s morale as high. In addition to this, just 44 per cent of the service personnel said that they are generally satisfied with their job.

65 per cent of the personnel said that they are not valued by the forces, with a further 53 per cent saying that they would not encourage their friends or family to join the British armed forces.

Similarly, 65 per cent said that they do not think that the pay and benefits match the work that they do.

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